Halloween 1985 – A Reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s Ulalume

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This just surfaced: my reading of the Poe poem on Halloween.

Lhasa Club, Hollywood, CA

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Holiday Special

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From now through December 25th,  buy a copy of The Keepers, my short story collection, which includes the critically acclaimed “Suddenly, There Was Harold” as well as the American Gothic tale for which the collection is named, and receive a free copy of Oranges From Palestine, my poetry chapbook whose title poem is included in the recently published anthology, The Vivisection Mambo. Both books will be signed and inscribed according to your instructions. The cost for both books is just $9.00 plus $4.95 shipping and handling.

To order, simply enter your inscription and click Add to Cart to order.

And remember: books make lasting and thoughtful gifts.

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Vivisectiion Mambo Makes Grace Cavalieri’s Exemplar List

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Grace Cavalieri has chosen The Vivisection Mambo, edited by Lolita Lark, as one of her poetry publication exemplars in her October 2015 list in the latest edition of The Washington Independent Review of Books.

In the short review, she calls the book “gorgeous” and “an eclectic inspired testimony to what Lark calls ‘gently ironic voices.'”

Proud to be part of it.

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Los Angeles Surrealist Alliance

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Back in the 80’s, I was a proud member (participant?  co-conspirator?) of the Los Angeles Surrealist Alliance. My tenure, so to speak, got cut short so i could go on my Middle Eastern adventure (a surrealist happening in it’s own right),but great, perhaps even greater, things happened during my disappearance.

Now Scott Lawrence Whitman, our sapient founder, has created a Facebook page where he is archiving material from that era.

Have a look and keep looking. You never know what you may find.

Your fifteen minutes are not up.

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Oranges From Palestine

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Here is the poem that appears in the new anthology, The Vivisection Mambo. This is the title poem from my chapbook which was released in 1996 and is available here.

Orange From Palestine

On the table
oranges from Palestine.

Your father offers me fresh goat’s milk.
If he only knew.

Your skin is as soft
as that prim white tablecloth.

On the wall, a verse from the Koran.
In your breathing, secret springtime lyrics.

Your mother looks kindly at this strange American man.
I wonder if she knows.

We cannot lie, cannot gaze here
but I can still taste your warm fragrance.

On the table, nestled in a brown bowl
plump oranges from Palestine.

Your sister smiles at me.
She knows.

We sit here like two blossoms
on separate banks of the Jordan River.

My eyes reach out for yours.
Your father offers me sweet honey cake.

Your brother practices English with me.
I dictate a letter only you will understand.

On the TV, young men die for their country.
Your lips inflate my soul with life.

Your father invites me back.
I return, commune with you in my dreams a thousand times.

On the table, across the room
the sweetest oranges my tongue has ever seen.
— ©2015 Mike Maggio


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The Vivisection Mambo

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The Vivisection Mambo, an anthology of poetry in what is being billed as the New Neo-Realist School, has just been released. Along with one of my most reprinted poems, “Oranges from Palestine,” the anthology includes poetry from such luminaries as Allen Ginsberg, Phillip Larkin, e e Cummings and Langston Hughes as well as such contemporary poets as Kate Gale and Erika Meitner.


Here is a review of the book from Kirkus Reviews.

I would also like to mention my recent review of Madeleine Mysko’s Stone Harbor Bound which appears in this month’s Midwest Book Review.

And, finally, I will be facilitating a poetry workshop on October 31st for the DC Poetry Project at the Shaw Library in Washington DC from 11-1.

Thanks and enjoy the fall foliage.

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Reading at Beyond Baroque

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Thanks to all who came out to hear me read from Garden of Rain and The Wizard and the White House.

Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA August 16, 2015

Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA August 16, 2015

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The Meursault Investigation

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If you’ve read Albert Camus’s The Stranger, you are bound to like The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud’s response to Camus.

You can read my recent review of this new classic in the Washington Independent Review of Books and you can purchase the book directly from the My Favorite Books widget on this page.

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An Interview on CTV

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On May 11, I was honored to be a guest on Sistah Joy Alford’s TV program, Sojourn With Words, which airs on CTV, Prince George’s County cable television, out of Largo, Maryland. During the program, I had the opportunity to discuss my new book of poetry, Garden of Rain, as well as my novel The Wizard and the White House. Our discussion also centered around community activism and working with community based organizations. In addition, I read a couple of poems from the book.

The interview is available for viewing on YouTube. I hope you will have the opportunity to view it.

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Yes, Crooked, a fitting title for a novel that features none other than Richard Nixon as its hero. For all you Nixon “fans,”  here’s my review of this strange novel, featuring the devilish ex-president as a Russian pseudo-spy and Kissinger as a 1,000 year old demon.

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